Schadenfreud is no fun: It’s about to hit the fan

Published 12 years ago -  - 12y ago 35


Get ready. It’s about to hit the fan. Recently I warned that the coming winter will be the worst in history. At the same time so-called weather experts were predicting a mild winter, some western states were being battered by record snowstorms. Since then things have gotten worse.

I’m not reveling in schadenfreude – the satisfaction in seeing misfortune one has predicted coming to pass. It’s no fun being right in this kind of situation.

Here’s a brief rundown of what’s going on, courtesy of iceagenow.com:

* Early snow brings chaos to Europe – 27 Nov 05 – With more than an inch of snow falling per hour and winds up to 100 mph sweeping in off the North Sea, traffic officials reported the worst gridlock in the country’s history.

In the Netherlands, high winds and sudden freezing temperatures caused havoc on the national rail and road networks. Hundreds of stranded Dutch commuters spent Friday night in temporary Red Cross shelters.

Problems due to the sudden cold weather were also reported in Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy and Greece. Deaths were reported in Belgium and the Czech Republic.

In Germany, 250,000 people lost electricity due to downed power lines.

Flight delays were reported in Amsterdam and Brussels. In Duesseldorf, Germany, eight inches of snow forced the international airport to close for four hours. Paris’s main airport, Charles de Gaulle, cancelled dozens flights because of the snow, and the Eiffel Tower closed after morning snowfall made it too slippery to climb. Railway traffic was also disrupted.

* UK bracing for Arctic chill – 24 Nov 05 – Over the next 24 hours, a blast of cold Arctic air will sweep southwards across the country. By dawn tomorrow, there could be up to 25cm (10 inches) of snow over higher parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, and 20cm (8 inches) across the moors of southwest England.

* Cold blast for UK be end of week – 23 Nov 05 – Very cold northerly wind blasts straight from the Arctic should hit the UK later this week. All parts of the UK could see some snow. At this stage, Scotland , Northern Ireland , south-western England and Wales look like getting the worst of the weather. Blizzard conditions may exist for a time over higher ground.

* Fuel Prices Soar in UK – 3 Nov 05 – Gas and electricity prices soared 70 per cent last week as traders worried that the UK’s utility network will be unable to cope with the winter’s first real cold snap and the closure of a gas terminal.

* Devastating’ winter ahead for United Kingdom -1 Nov 05 – There is a 67 percent chance that this winter will be among the coldest on record, say forecasters, including the Meteorological Office. This prediction is based on sea temperatures in the Atlantic .

In the U.S the first big snowstorm of the season, part of a treacherous system that sent tornadoes roaring through Arkansas and Kansas, shut down hundreds of miles of major highways across the Plains states Monday, According to the National Weather Service six-foot drifts were common in eastern Colorado, western Kansas and Nebraska while winds up to 60 mph piled drifts 3 feet high in Pierre, S.D. Snow fell as far south as the Texas Panhandle.

“You can’t even see,” said Bill Kanitig of the Sherman County, Kan., sheriff s office told the AP. “The highway is snowpacked, and it’s slick and everybody’s sliding off.”

The South Dakota Highway Patrol reports they closed a 175-mile stretch of I-90 on Monday from Kadoka to Mitchell. In central Nebraska, a 60-mile stretch of I-80 was closed Monday from North Platte east to Lexington. Numerous other highways were closed across the Plains. The Minnesota State Patrol urged people not to travel in the northwestern part of the state, and schools in large parts of western Minnesota were closed.

The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings and severe winter storm warnings for parts of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota.

Wind, snow and ice snapped power lines and blacked out thousands of customers in eastern South Dakota. “A couple of the lines around Huron had icing to the diameter (of a) softball,” Tom Glanzer, a spokesman for NorthWestern Energy told the AP.

High wind or tornadoes destroyed at least eight homes in Arkansas. Officials planned to assess other reports of damage Monday. About 7,500 homes were without power in Arkansas late Sunday, Entergy spokesman James Thompson said.

Grass fires driven by the storm system’s wind blackened thousands of acres in parts of six Texas counties and in Oklahoma. Several homes were destroyed in the two states and hundreds of families had to evacuate in Oklahoma, authorities said.

In the Colorado mountains, the storm brought 26 inches of new snow to the Steamboat Springs ski resort over the weekend. Two cross-country skiers were found in good condition Sunday after being missing overnight about 25 miles north of Steamboat Springs.

The AP reported that tornadoes and thunderstorms ripped through eastern Kansas and Arkansas on Sunday, killing a motorist and damaging homes and businesses in several counties.

In Kansas, a tornado damaged more than 30 homes at Fort Riley and briefly knocked out power to the military base. Tornadoes were reported in six other counties in east-central Kansas, as well, though the damage was minor, according to the Kansas Division of Emergency Management.

In central Arkansas, about 40 miles northwest of Little Rock, a suspected tornado struck a lumberyard near Plumerville, scattering wood across Interstate 40 like matchsticks and overturning vehicles.

At least 7,500 homes were without power across Arkansas, Entergy spokesman James Thompson told the AP.

The bottom line here is cold, frigid air keeps driving south from the polar regions which the Global Warming hucksters keep telling us are warming and that the polar ice cap is melting. They hope we’ll forget the simple fact that a disappearing ice cap and warming polar regions cannot produce and send bitterly cold air southward.

That frigid air meets warmer air coming up from the tropics and the colder the air from the poles and the warmer the air it meets, the more violent the weather.

If you look around the world you’ll note a lot of tectonic activity, especially underseas where red hot magma is boiling up from under the ocean bottoms and heating the oceans. Like a teapot with boiling water shooting steam upward, the superheated oceans are sending greater and greater amounts of moisture aloft where it is converted into the precipitation that is causing record breaking massive rainstorms and blizzards.

Doubt that? Take a look at new satellite images show that Montagu Island, a volcano in the South Sandwich Islands growing by 50 acres (0.2 square kilometers) in the last month as lava pours into the sea.

“Red hot lava has formed a molten river 90 meters wide [99 yards] that is moving fast, possibly several meters per second and extending the shoreline on the north side of the island,” said John Smellie of British Antarctic Survey (BAS). “This event is special because Montagu Island is mostly ice covered and it’s very rare that we get to make direct observations of eruptions under ice sheets.”

This is only the beginning. The worst is yet to come. Don’t be surprised to see 20 feet of snow fall on some areas of the U.S. before the winter ends – if indeed it does.

If you haven’t seen it, take a look at my study “The Iceman Cometh“.

You might get the idea that the world may well be about to pay the price for thumbing our noses at God.

 

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